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Michel PORTAL: godfather of the festival "Les Chaises Musicales"

Michel PORTAL © Th.Cohen
Michel PORTAL © Th.Cohen

Composer born 1935.  Michel Portal is also a clarinettist, saxophonist and bandonéonist. A singular musician, he defies categorization.  He is an extraordinary personality, as remarkably accomplished  in the realm of classical music (Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Berg), as in the world of contemporary works, (Roll, Stockhausen, Berio, Kagel, Globokar).  He also plays an unconventional part in European jazz, performing as a guest in established groups such as Humair-Jeanneau-Johnson, Howard Jo,  John Surman and Mino Cinelu.